Private Peter Barnes

Private Peter Barnes, 12th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He died in France on 30th September 1916, aged 28, from wounds received in action during the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of John and Mary Barnes of Causewayend, Ancrum and is buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. It is interesting to note that he served as Private William Scott.  The autumn rains turned the ground into a glutinous quagmire making all movement difficult as can be seen from the photographs. The colour phot shows part of the Somme Battlefield as it is today, a peaceful gently rolling landscape ” with no gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now”.

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